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Larimer County, Colorado

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LWV Larimer County

Empowering Voters
Defending Democracy

The League of Women Voters of Larimer County is a nonprofit, non-partisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government; works to increase understanding of major public policy issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Our members, women and men ages 16 and up, volunteer their time year round to help Make Democracy Work!

We are a member of the national League of Women Voters which was formed when women finally gained the right to vote in 1920. Throughout the League’s nearly 100 year history and working in all states, the League focus has been to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. It never endorses, supports or opposes any political candidate or political party.

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Fort Collins

Carbon Neutrality by 2050: Is It Possible?

LWVLC CrossCurrents Forum

May 23      

Watch this Program on YOUTUBE

“When I take a lungful of air in this moment, it has 30% more carbon in it than when I was born…That is a change that has never happened in a single generation of humankind on this planet.”

                  Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to Huffington Post 

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As media coverage and public conversations become more prevalent, perhaps it’s time to go back to an old adage, “Think Globally, Act Locally.”


The Fort Collins Climate Action Plan WILL AFFECT YOU and could have far-reaching effects on policies enacted in Colorado and around the country.

 Join us for this important discussion!


The discussion areas for the CrossCurrents Program include:

• Outline of the goals Fort Collins wants to reach by 2050 and the current status of the plan.

• The major areas of challenge in this plan. Electricity, natural gas, automobile emissions, etc.

New technologies that might affect the success of this plan

Federal and State actions that could impact these plans

• The impact on individual consumers, businesses, and the overall economic health of Fort Collins

• Effect of actions by a small city like Fort Collins on global climate change

Program Panelists

Lindsey Ex, Fort Collins Environmental Services

Stacey Baumgarn, Campus Energy Coordinator, CSU

Max Moss, President, HF2M Colorado

Moderator:  Barbara Rutstein

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The Larimer League Discusses Local and National Issues 
Please Join Us! 

It's Petition Season!

Signing Petitions is Not Necessarily a Civic Duty
Ballot Initiatives and Referenda are already circulating for the 2020 election!
You can help by making informed choices about what to sign!
It is NOT your civic duty to sign petition; it IS your civic duty to fully understand the issue WHEN you decide to sign a petition!

Colorado has several ways issues can be presented to voters:

  • Initiated constitutional amendment -
    An amendment to a state's constitution that comes about through the initiative process.

  • Legislatively referred state statute or constitutional amendment -
    Appears on a state's ballot as a ballot measure because the state legislature in that state voted to put it before the voters.
  • Referendum Petitions
    circulated to gather the signatures of registered Colorado voters in an attempt to have a bill
     that was passed by the legislature placed on the ballot as a statewide ballot issue. 
     While this is a rare occurrence, there is one referendum petition that has been approved for 2020.

  • Legislatively referred bond question -

    A question is referred to the ballot asking voters to approve or deny additional proposed spending.

When you are approached in the grocery store parking lot and asked to sign a petition; please ask questions and Think Before You Ink!

For more information about Current Petitions, including some questions you should be asking and strategies to help you decide, 

Attention Leaguers, Educators, and our Community!

We need publicity to help Chris and Denny win these coveted spots! 
Send them their congratulations via your Facebook Page, and LIKE our League Facebook post about the Nominations!

Community Involvement

Congratulations to Poudre Educators Tholl and Bain...
Accepted to Harvard Case Study Project

The League of Women Voters Larimer County is pleased and proud to recognize the teaching excellence of two PSD High School Government teachers, Chris Tholl (Fort Collins) and Denny Bain (Poudre) by nominating them to participate in the Harvard Case Study Method Project. 
THEY HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE, and will attend an all-expense paid trip to the Harvard campus In Augusts for a 2 ½ day workshop training.  Leagues across the country are collaborating with the Harvard Project to choose outstanding teachers of US History, Government, and Civics in grades 9-12.
READ about LWV and the Harvard Case study Project 


The Harvard Case Study Method Project

“can be employed to strengthen high school and college education as well, ensuring a more exciting, relevant, and effective experience for students and teachers …and can be especially effective at engaging students with topics in history and democracy …”

The nominated teachers were asked to write an op-ed essay as part of their selection process.  The Harvard Case Method Project Team will choose the final participants.

Nominated teachers were asked to answer the question:

"Why do you want to join this initiative, and why do you think public discussions about key moments in the history of American democracy are valuable?"

In his application essay, Chris Tholl comments on solving big problems:

… In the high school classroom, storytelling is a powerful tool.  When I relate personal experiences connected to content and concepts we study, all eyes are on me.  To put students into the shoes of important people during key historic events in our time builds on the students’ instinct to engage with the story.  When students engage with the narrative they start to build their own story, and will be motivated to share that story with others.  We need students who can engage with constructive discussion to solve the big problems our world faces.   Chris Tholl Harvard Case Project Essay 2019

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Denny Bain addresses student engagement: 

….  Students today have access to more information than at any other point in the history of the world and it is all in their pocket!  Teaching the content is important, however, more importantly we need to teach our students what to do with the content.  The case study approach allows … students to access key moments in … American democracy and have constructive conversations about them.  The importance of approaching a topic with empathy and true understanding of differing views cannot be understated in today's political climate… Denny Bain Harvard Case Project Essay 2019

We urge you to make sure your voice is heard.
VOTE . . . it matters!

If you prefer to join/renew your
LWV-Larimer County membership by mail,
Member Survey 2018 - 2019

We invite you to:

  • Join our dynamic members – men and women – to study issues, learn, engage in civil deliberations and take action. We provide members with training and tools so that they can feel empowered to speak out on issues.

  • Use the resources on this website to educate and empower yourself.

  • Join us at our public events.

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Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Robert Brady (D-PA) introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 on June 14, 2017. The League  is proud to support legislation that enhances  access for eligible voters in our elections and works to modernize our electoral system. This bill will improve the  accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, modernize outdated registration systems while supporting implementation in states across the country.

The League fully supports this bill and urges all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to support this important legislation.

Send the Message to Congress
Political.....but Non-Partisan

Since its founding, the League of Women Voters committed to neither support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office.  This tradition continues today to ensure that the League’s voice is heard above the tumult of party politics.  The nonpartisan policy has added strength to the League’s position on issues.  It has made possible wide acceptance of League voter service and other educational activities.

Nonpartisan means that the League never supports or opposes political parties or candidates or appointees.  All League members need to remember that the League’s reputation for fairness is long-standing and hard-won and needs to be guarded.  We invite you to read more about our Non-Partisan Policy

Although we DO NOT support candidates, we do research, recommend, and support ballot issues that are supported by League positions.

The League is a political organization and encourages members to participate fully in the party of their choice.  It is an advantage to the League to have politically active members, and equally important, it can be a personally satisfying experience.

“In the League of Women Voters we have an anomaly; we are going to be a semi-political body.  We want political things; we want legislation; we’re going to educate for citizenship.  In that body we have got to be non-partisan and all-partisan.  Democrats from Alabama and Republicans from New Hampshire must work for the same things.”

Carrie Chapman Catt at the League’s founding in Chicago, 1920

What does this mean for Members?

Individual League members are encouraged to be politically active.  However, when they participate in partisan activities, they may not identify themselves as League members.

A League will be a strong and effective political force to the degree that it can deal with and accept controversy and live with uncertainty.

Keep in mind that conflict of interest may arise between a “board” member’s paid employment and her or his role in the League.  Visit with a member of the Administrative Team with any concerns or questions you may have.

League Statements

No member (including officers) may speak for the League unless they have first obtained review and approval by a majority of Administrative Team of the proposed statement.

Key Member Restrictions

Certain individuals who have high public visibility as officers or leaders of the League (Key Members) are restricted from partisan activity.  Members can  review the details in our Member Notebook.

The League of Women Voters Larimer County
is part of

The League of Women Voters Colorado and
The League of Women Voters US